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Transfer of Korean Manner Assimilation to English

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Authors
Kim, Mi-Hyun
Issue Date
2004
Publisher
서울대학교 언어교육원
Citation
어학연구, Vol.40 No.3, pp. 713-736
Keywords
obstruent nasalizationliquid nasalizationlateralizationtransferavoidance of word-initial liquidsyllable contact constraint
Abstract
The purpose of this study is to examine the transfer of manner assimilation
phenomena from Korean into English. The data from this study showed that three types of manner assimilation in Korean are not transferred to the same degree. That is, obstruent-nasalization and lateralization were readily carried over to the subjects' interlanguage, while the transfer of liquid-nasalization was noticeably low. Following the positional faithfulness of the syllable onset, liquid-nasalization is considered to be a marked phenomenon. Recent transfer studies have found that phonetically motivated processes, such as obstruent-nasalization and lateralizaiton, are more easily carried over to the target language than the lexically restricted morphophonological processes like liquid-nasalization. This suggests that the reason for the discrepancy in transfer rates lies in the difference of status among
the three processes, tempered by a morphophonological rule of avoidance of word-initial liquids, which in turn implies that the syllable contact constraint is not the only reason for manner assimilation in Korean.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/90780
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 40 Number 1/4 (2004)
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